Alolita Sharma

Alolita has been involved with open source since the early days of Linux. She has actively promoted open source software adoption in industry, government and developing economies for almost 2 decades, working with leaders in US and India's IT industry, government and education to enable change and transparency. She believes that the ideas of open source can generate unbounded opportunity for the development of technology and economic prosperity in developing nations. She has been CEO of Technetra and has over 15 years in the industry. She served on the board of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and currently serves a board member at SFLC (

She co-created India's first open source business conference LinuxAsia, to serve as a platform for global industry leaders to interact with India's open source players from industry, government, academia and community. She speaks internationally on open source trends, technologies and building successful communities. Publications include a chapter on open source in India in Open Sources 2.0 and articles in various technology journals and trade magazines such as Linux Journal, Linux Developer Network. She holds a Bachelors degree with honors in Computer Science and a Masters degree with honors in Computer Science from George Washington University where she also pursued doctoral studies.

She blogs on open source and its impact on technology, community and culture at Open Source Buzz and FOSSBazaar.

Alolita is Senior Engineering Manager at Twitter leading Internationalization, Localization and NLP engineering. She was Director of Engineering at Wikipedia / Wikimedia Foundation for Internationalization and Localization engineering.